Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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The Christmas lights of the house opposite reflect onto the back window of my living room in such a way that makes me feel like I have a fruit machine and now I must go to the pub and drink pints of piss weak lager, smoke 20 Superkings and pretend its 1989

During the pandemic we've supported hundreds of football clubs from the Championship through to grassroots. Here’s a lovely film about just one, which unlocked extra funding from Sport England and Cornwall Council

Mood dip? I find this works wonders. Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass A Taste of Honey via @YouTube

Red Sands is an utterly unique book, bringing in universal themes that relate to us all: hope, hunger, longing, love and the joys of eating well on the road.⁠

Out now,

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In 1984 Diego Maradona asked Napoli & Fifa to arrange a friendly in order to help an ill child. Both refused.

Maradona then organised a game on the field opposite the child's house.

4,000 people attended the game.

If at all possible, please don’t buy your books from Amazon today. Buying them from your local indie bookseller helps them, and authors, and we pay proper taxes too.

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Xxx we can’t wait to welcome you all back

Such a great opportunity with @JGrigsonTrust for first-time authors — because whose book wouldn’t be improved by a bit more money?

This lamb, rice and veg soup - typical of Tajikistan - is ‘recipe of the week’ in @TheWeekUK 🧡

Recipe in new book, RED SANDS.

Join @MarkDiacono on 18 December as he takes us through some christmas tipples in an interactive cocktail making class to get us in the festive spirit! Register for this event in advance so you don't miss out -

Why not step into the wonderful world of @The_RHS #thegardenpodcast - with some laughs from @KnollGardens, @clayton_philip considering London green spaces, demure @mr_plantgeek on mangaves 😉, and historian Ambra Edwards on John Evelyn. What a line up!

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In memory of Ray Clemence, Liverpool legend...


Ray Clemence - the first person I remember wanting to be. I was B team goalie at school and he was so elegant. What a keeper and seems he was a fine man too. RIP

I take no pleasure in being right. Anyone could see this coming. But WE don't have to fall for it... We can choose to see it for what it is... malicious bullshit to which other property-buying wealthy people would never be subjected...

Two great apple enthusiasts (and saviours of diversity) in today’s @BBCFoodProg on @BBCRadio4: @raymond_blanc who will be telling his life story through 5 (of the 2500) trees in his orchard at @lemanoir &🍎Dr Joan Morgan (Queen of Apples) describes the history & taste of each one

Such a great chat with ⁦@kewgardens⁩ top tree expert Tony Kirkham , hope you enjoy it as much as I did , also the usual tips from ⁦@gardenorganicuk⁩ podcast team - take a listen